Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).
Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations, and Trinity has a Stephen Ministry program. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
The idea is that during a Life Crisis or event (job loss, divorce, move, health scare), there is a confidential, non-judgmental Stephen Minister available to walk with you through your stress; to be present, to listen, to laugh, to cry, to pray, and to share God’s healing and peace.
As we look at Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, we observe the ultimate example of compassion. He calls us to follow His example of compassion with deep concern for one another. This caring ministry belongs to each member of the Trinity congregation. It does not require much searching to find a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or fellow Trinity member who is struggling through some crisis or difficulty. The presence of a caring friend who is willing to spend the time it takes to listen & empathize can lighten one’s load. Please allow God to minister to others through you. You don’t have to fix the problem—our call is only to care and to be present with the other person.
If you would like to have a Stephen Minister assigned to you, contact the church office.
Stephen Ministers’ monthly meeting will take place on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. (note this is the 3rd Monday, not the 4th), in Trinity’s basement rooms. It is very important that you attend and support your fellow Stephen Ministers in their caregiving. Call Jacque Johnson or Gayle Gruenisen if you will be unable to attend. See you then!